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Three Strangers (1946)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  28 January 1946 (USA)
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Three strangers, each with a serious problem in their lives, share a sweepstakes ticket which they wished upon together before a Chinese idol.

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Johnny West
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Icey Crane
Robert Shayne ...
Bertram Fallon
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Janet Elliott
Arthur Shields ...
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Lady Rhea Belladon
John Alvin ...
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Timothy Delaney aka Gabby
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David Shackleford
Clifford Brooke ...
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Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Proctor
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Storyline

According to a legend, if three strangers gather before an idol of Kwan Yin (the Chinese goddess of fortune and destiny) on the night of the Chinese New Year and make a common wish, Kwan Yin will open her eyes and her heart and grant the wish. In London 1938 on the Chinese New Year, Crystal Shackleford has such an idol and decides to put the legend to the test. She picks two random strangers off the street, and puts the proposition to them. They decide that an ideal wish would be for a sweepstakes ticket they buy equal shares in to be a winner. After all, everyone needs money and a pot is very easy to divide equally, right? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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BREATHTAKING SUSPENSE - THRILLS! (original ad - all caps)

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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28 January 1946 (USA)  »

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3 Desconhecidos  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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John Huston was inspired to write the story after he bought an odd statue in London. See more »

Quotes

Johnny West: You know about the psyche?
Icey Crane: Psyche?
Johnny West: It's what makes human beings of us.
Icey Crane: Is that a fact?
Johnny West: That's a fact. Uh, something is missing from me. Do you know how it is with a man who loses his leg and how the leg he hasn't got itches, and he goes to scratch?
Icey Crane: Mmmmm.
Johnny West: It's like that with the missing portion of my psyche anatomy. Whenever it itches, I take a drink. Tonight it's itching like the Devil.
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Soundtracks

I Dreampt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
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Written by Michael Balfe and Alfred Bunn (1843)
Played by Johnny on broken record in prison cell.
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engrossing fare
29 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Three Strangers" has long been a favorite film of mine, with its fascinating reference to the statue of the goddess Kwan Yin, who, in Chinese legend, opens her eyes and grants a wish to three strangers on the Chinese New Year. Geraldine Fitzgerald, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre are the above-mentioned strangers, each with an agenda that can be easily pursued by money. So the wish is that their sweepstakes ticket win, and the agreement is that it then be entered into the horse race that follows.

Geraldine Fitzgerald's character seems sympathetic, but she reveals herself as quite obsessive and delusional as the film progresses. Greenstreet plays a crooked solicitor, and Lorre portrays a small time criminal - he's the most sympathetic character and, to my mind, gives the most memorable performance.

The film asks the question - did the meeting of the three strangers change their lives, or did events proceed as they would have? This is an unusual, absorbing, and entertaining film. I highly recommend it.


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